Civil Services Examination (CSE)

The Civil Services Examination onlineacademics.inThe Civil Services Examination (CSE) is a nationwide competitive examination in India conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment to various Civil Services of the Government of India, including the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS) among others.It is conducted in two phases – a preliminary examination consisting of two objective-type papers (general studies and aptitude test), and a main examination consisting of nine papers of conventional (essay) type followed by a personality test (interview).

Civil Services Examination Syllabus

  • Civil Services Examination Syllabus for Preliminary Examinations.

Preliminary Examinations consist of two papers and both of them are compulsory and each comprises of 200 marks.
-These two papers are termed as General Studies Paper-I and General Studies Paper-II.
-Both the question papers will be of multiple choice questions (objective type).This paper will be in two sets English and Hindi.
-Duration of each paper will be of two hours. In exceptional cases of the blind, disability, and cerebral palsy, you will get 20 minutes extra per hour in each paper.
-In Preliminary Examinations of General Studies Paper-II, you have to qualify the exam with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.

Civil Services Examination Syllabus for Preliminary Examination Paper I – (200 marks)

  • Current affairs and current events of international and national importance.
  • General science
  • General issues on Climate Change, Environmental Ecology and Biodiversity (It don’t require subject specialization )
  • Indian National Movement and History of India.
  • World and Indian Geography- It contains Rights Issues, Physical Geography of India and the world, Economic Geography of India and the world, Social Geography of India and the world.
  • Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Public Policy, Political System, Panchayati Raj, etc.
  • Social Development and Economic – It contains Social Sector initiatives, Sustainable Development, Inclusion, Demographics, and Poverty etc.

Civil Services Examination Syllabus for Preliminary Examination Paper II – (200 marks).Duration two hours.

  • Problem-solving and Decision-making
  • General mental ability
  • Comprehension
  • Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. –Class X level), Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level).
  • Analytical ability and Logical reasoning.
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills

 Civil Services Examination Syllabus for Main Examinations

Your rank in UPSC CSE will only depend on Main Examinations and your Interview (Personality Test). Your UPSC CSE Main consists of 1750 marks and Interview (Personality Test) section consists of 275 marks.

Your UPSC syllabus for the main examination contains nine papers, but only seven papers are considered for final ranking. In the remaining two papers, you have to secure minimum marks which are declared by UPSC every year and

The main Exam of UPSC Civil Services is the totally written examination and it consists of following papers which are mentioned below.

  • Two papers which only qualifying papers and not counted for your final ranking.


(You have to select any one Indian Language from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Indian Constitution). Total Marks 300.

Note: – If you belong to Sikkim, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur, and Arunachal Pradesh, these papers are not necessary for you.


English language. Total Marks 300.

UPSC CSE syllabus and papers which are counted for final merits.

Paper-I Essay ( It Can be written in the medium or language of the candidate’s choice) 250
Paper-II  General Studies-I (Culture and Indian Heritage|History and Geography of the World and Society) 250
Paper- III General Studies –II (Constitution| Governance| Social Justice| Polity| and International relations) 250
Paper-IV General Studies –III (Economic Development| Technology| Environment| Biodiversity| Disaster Management and Security) 250
Paper-V General Studies –IV (Aptitude| Integrity| and Ethics) 250
Paper-VI Optional Subject – Paper 1 250
Paper-VII Optional Subject – Paper 2 250
Sub Total (Written test)   1750 Marks
Personality Test  275 Marks
Grand Total       2025 Marks
 Important Note regarding UPSC Civil Services Examination syllabus:-
  1. Your Paper A and Paper B which will be Indian languages and English paper respectively will be of matriculation level or equivalent standard to its level. Whatever marks you will obtain in this exam will not be counted for your ranking.
  2. Evaluation of the papers, namely, ‘Essay’, General Studies and Optional Subject of all the candidates would be done simultaneously along with evaluation of their qualifying papers on ‘Indian Languages’ and ‘English’ but the papers on ‘Essay’, General Studies and Optional Subject of only such candidates will be taken cognizance who attain 25% marks in ‘Indian Language and 25% marks in English as minimum qualifying standards in these qualifying papers.
  3. It is mandatory for you to appear in both the Papers of Civil Services (Prelim) Examination for the purpose of evaluation. You will be disqualified in case you did not appear in both the papers of Civil Services (Prelim) Examination.

     UPSC CSE Syllabus for Interview test

  • Qualified candidates from UPSC Main examination will be only eligible for interview test or personality test.
  • You will be interviewed by Board members will have before them a record of your career. You will be asked questions on matters of general interest.
  • The objective of this interview is to assess your personal suitability for your further career in public service. This test will judge your mental caliber.
  • This interview test will reveal not only your intellectual qualities but also social traits and your interest in current affairs.
  • Some of your qualities will be judged like intellectual and moral integrity, mental alertness, ability for social cohesion and leadership, critical powers of assimilation, balance of judgment, clear and logical exposition, variety and depth of interest.
  • The technique of the interview is not that of a strict cross-examination but of a natural though directed and purposive conversation which is intended to reveal the mental qualities of the candidate.
  • Your interview test is not intended to be a test either of the specialized or general knowledge which has been already tested through their written papers. You are expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in your special subjects of academic study but also in the events which are happening around you both within and outside your own state or country as well as in modern currents of thought and in new discoveries which should rouse the curiosity of well-educated youth.

Dear students , Here we will deal with preparation in parts as exams are conducted by UPSC. Click on the link to get access.

1 Prelims Part1

2 Prelims Part2

3 Mains

4 Civil Services Previous Year Questions Pre and Mains

UPSC CSE Syllabus for optional subjects PAPER-VI & PAPER VII

Optional Subject Papers I & II (Candidates may choose any optional subject from given list) Click on the name of the subject and have a view of contains in the particular subject.
AGRICULTURE (Anatomy| Pharmacology and Hygiene) Assamese
GEOLOGY   Maithili
HISTORY   Malayalam
LAW   Manipuri
PHYSICS   Santhali
STATICS Urdu and English.